Dr Julio Villa-García

Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics and Syntax

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BA (Hons) Oviedo '05; Dip. Kent '05; MA Essex '07; MA Connecticut '10; PhD Connecticut '12

Dr Julio Villa-García [xúli̯o βíʝa ɣaɾθía] was born in Avilés, in the Principality of Asturias, Spain, in the year Spain last hosted the FIFA World Cup. He was trained as a theoretical syntactician and as a language acquisitionist during his PhD at the University of Connecticut, but his interests extend to Romance and English Linguistics, Dialectal Microvariation, Bilingualism, and First and Second Language Acquisition, among others. After pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Studies and Linguistics in Spain, the UK, and the USA, Dr Villa-García became an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Villanova University, in Philadelphia, PA, USA, in 2012. In September 2015, he was appointed Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics and Syntax in the Division of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester, in the UK.

On the research side, Dr Villa-García's focus has so far been mainly Spanish/Romance syntax and language acquisition. He is interested in the architecture of the (Spanish) left periphery, complementizer systems, locality of movement, left-dislocations and questions, negative imperatives and clitic directionality, evidentials, ellipsis, polarity and subjecthood from any standpoint. The results of his recent acquisitional and syntactic research have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed papers, and the outcome of his long-term investigation into the syntax of Spanish sentences featuring various que 'that' complementizers is reported in his book The Syntax of Multiple-que Sentences in Spanish: Along the left periphery, published by John Benjamins (Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Vol. 2, 2015). 

Dr Villa-García teaches units in linguistics (Minimalist Syntax and First and Second Language Acquisition) as well as in Spanish (Spanish Linguistics) and welcomes MA and PhD students working on syntax and language acquisition topics, particularly in Romance.

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